- The Nigerian government said it is forming a formidable partnership with WHO towards easy access to COVID-19 vaccines
- The assurance was given by the Boss Mustapha-led Presidential Task Force (PTF) on coronavirus infection
- The government decried low testing and presentation of fake documents by travellers, adding that mass gathering must be avoided during the yuletide
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The Nigeran government said it is doing everything possible to ensure that the country gets access to the COVID-19 vaccine when it is finally out.
Boss Mustapha, chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, made this disclosure on Monday, November 23, during a press briefing in Abuja.
Mustapha, who doubles as the secretary to the government of the federation, said the government is working closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to that effect.
He, however, advised Nigerians against travelling during the Christmas season, saying that COVID-19 infection rate was increasing.
While noting that there is a steady rise recently, Mustapha stressed that restrictions on large gatherings remain in force during the festivities.
The SGF decried that some travellers were involved in presenting fake testing documents, but assured that the PTF will be working closely with relevant agencies of government and necessary authorities to impose sanctions on in-country travellers found guilty.
As of Tuesday, November 24, Nigeria has 66,439 confirmed coronavirus cases with 62,241 people discharged. However, 1,168 deaths have been recorded.
Meanwhile, as the world takes a long leap towards ending the coronavirus crisis, the Gates Foundation added another $70 million (N26.6 billion) funding for the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.
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The donation was made on Thursday, November 12, by the foundation which said it is hoping more donors will follow suit.Number of COVID-19 cases drops in Nigeria as NCDC announces 56 new infections
There are 52,565,645 global coronavirus cases, 1,291,789 fatalities and 36,764,802 recoveries, with the United States leading the log with 10,708,728 total infections and 27,000 deaths since its outbreak according to Worldometers.
Gates Foundation, in a statement by its co-chair Melinda Gates, said $50 million (N19 billion) will go to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) led by the GAVI vaccine alliance.
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